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Maya Breitburg-Smith

Senior Specialist, Consensus Building

Maya Breitburg-Smith is a Senior Specialist in Consensus Building at RESOLVE, where she designs and facilitates collaborative processes and dialogues to navigate complex and technical questions, bridge cultural divides, and engage diverse perspectives. Her work focuses primarily on environmental, natural resource, and public health issues. Her recent projects have focused on tribal and endangered species issues on the Missouri River, strategies for coordinated climate policy, and public input into state disaster preparedness plans.

Prior to joining RESOLVE, Maya served for three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji, where she organized a local environmental committee, managed community-based marine conservation projects, and facilitated project development and management trainings. Now, at RESOLVE, Maya's facilitation, strategic approach, and subject matter expertise empower people involved in environmental, natural resource, and public health decision-making to reach sustainable solutions.


Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science and Policy, University of Maryland

Master of Environmental Management, Yale School of the Environment


Mediation, Collaborative Process Design, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Health, Collaborative Technology

I am inspired by the impact people can have when they join forces to solve the complex problems affecting our world."